It has been estimated that a total of 92% of all adults will receive at least one filling by the time they reach the age of 64.

Dental Fillings

It has been estimated that a total of 92% of all adults will receive at least one filling by the time they reach the age of 64. The procedure associated with dental fillings vary by office; however, in all instances, it starts with anesthesia.

A dental filling for the mouth is a method used to restore a decayed, damaged tooth that has been detrimentally impacted back to its regular shape and its regular level of functioning.

Prior to the initiation of the process, a practitioner will remove all of the decayed, unhealthy material from the impacted tooth. Then, the area is thoroughly cleaned. Immediately thereafter, the tooth cavity is then filled with the material that will rejuvenate the tooth.

Filling Material Considerations

There are a few different types of materials that may be used in a dental filling. The one that is appropriate for you will depend on several different factors. These include:

  • The Location of the Cavity
  • The Size of the Cavity
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Financial Consideration

Types of Filling Materials

The first type of filling material is the amalgam option. This mixes multiple metals such as copper, mercury, tin, and silver. The overall coloring is silver. This type of material is often placed in teeth that are difficult to see.

In most instances, this is considered to be the most durable type of filling material for the chewing areas that experience high levels of stress. Additionally, this is considered to be one of the least expensive filling options.

The next type of filling material is a composite resin. This type of material is a plastic or a ceramic that is tooth-colored. As a result of its appearance, this is most often recommended for teeth that are visible.

Composite resin material naturally blends in with the other teeth and does not result in aesthetic-based complications, such as an unsightly smile. It  has the strength and durability to be utilized in the teeth located at the back of the mouth. Due to the immense bonding capabilities, this material aids in offering the highest level of preservation to the structure associated with the tooth in which it is utilized.

You may also obtain filling materials that are composed of gold. These types of fillings will not experience any type of fracture or breakage. Even after years of usage, gold fillings continue to show high signs of marginal integrity.

When used as a filling material, gold has a similar expansion capability in correlation with the tooth structure. When hot and cold temperatures into the mouth, a tooth will expand and contract accordingly. If a gold filling is utilized, this, too, will expand and contract like the tooth.

The downfall to gold fillings is that they are not the same color as the teeth and they are generally much more expensive than other types of fillings.

Restore Your Teeth’s Beauty AND Functionality

If you are ready to eliminate that unsightly and uncomfortable tooth decay from your mouth and restore the beauty and functionality of the detrimentally impacted teeth, contact us today for more information and to set up an appointment.


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